Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

TANF is a government program that provides cash benefits for emergency situations. The benefits provided vary state by state, and the best way to find out what you’re eligible for is to contact your state’s DHS office. While the specific requirements vary in different states, the following general guidelines apply in all states: The temporary cash assistance is given in the form of an Electronic Benefits Transfer Card (aka EBT), which works exactly like a debit card. The money can be used for everyday expenses or whatever is needed to help in a time of immediate need. In many situations, TANF aid can be given out on the same day you apply for it.

How to Find Local Shelter

There are many local shelters across the country that can provide temporary help in the event that you become homeless. The first step is to call 211, which will give you referrals to resources in your area. You can also find YWCA or Life Haven shelters, both of which can be located using the Wellesley Directory of Women’s Shelters.


Founded in 1964, UMOM is the largest homeless shelter for families in Arizona. We keep families together, we provide a continuum of care from emergency shelter to transitional housing and finally, permanent, affordable housing. Families at UMOM have the opportunity to gain the skills, medical care, quality child care, and education they need to rebuild their lives and succeed when they leave.

For Shelter: Call CONTACS at 602-263-8900 or 800-799-7739.
CONTACS, a 7 day, 24-hour English/ Spanish bilingual hotline and connects people in crisis with domestic violence shelters throughout Maricopa County


More than 30 years ago, a woman opened up her home as a safe house for both women and children who had been victimized by domestic violence. Within three years, funding was received to expand these services into a 24-hour crisis shelter. The shelter was appropriately named Chrysalis – defined as the growth that creates an independent being. During the first year, more than 450 women and children received assistance and the comfort of a safe haven to develop their self-esteem and independence.

2055 W. Northern Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021
602-955-9059 Phone
602-955-0165 Fax
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Sojourner Center

Since 1977 Sojourner Center has provided shelter and support services to tens of thousands of women and children affected by domestic violence. Through empowerment, families discover hope and have the opportunity to build new futures free from violence. As one of the nation’s largest domestic violence shelters, Sojourner Center is a tireless advocate for domestic violence victims and survivors. With the continued support of the community, Sojourner Center can help women and children overcome the impact of domestic violence, one life at a time.

If you are in a crisis and need immediate help, call our Crisis Hotline anytime, day or night:

(602) 244-0089
(602) 889-1610 TDD

Mother’s Grace is wholly independent of the above-reference organizations and provides the foregoing contact information only for your reference and personal consideration. Mother’s Grace does not influence or participate in the decision making of these organizations and, therefore, Mother’s Grace cannot and does not promise, attest, warrant or guarantee that any of these organizations will be able to provide assistance in your particular circumstances. Mother’s Grace disclaims and denies any and all responsibility or liability for the actions or inactions of the organizations listed herein.